Mac OS X is an operating system from Apple Inc. It was the successor to Mac OS 9 and here the 'X' means 10. Mac OS X is based upon the NeXTSTEP and OpenStep OSes developed in the 1980s and 1990s by NeXT Inc., which Apple purchased in 1996.

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Can't create symlinks in virtualbox shared folders [closed]

A few days ago I found I can no longer create symlinks from Ubuntu in any directories that are shared with the OS X host. ln: creating symbolic link `foo': Read-only file system I'm able to create ...
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Why is ssh agent forwarding not working?

In my own computer, running MacOSX, I have this in ~/.ssh/config Host * ForwardAgent yes Host b1 ForwardAgent yes b1 is a virtual machine running Ubuntu 12.04. I ssh to it like this: ssh pupeno@b1 ...
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What does the “@” sign mean in ls -l output?

I have this output on MacOSX: $ ls -l total 40 -rwxr-xr-x@ 1 levente staff 52 30 Sep 15:38 pl -rwxr-xr-x 1 levente staff 675 14 Feb 17:07 plplay -rwxr-xr-x@ 1 levente staff 662 26 Jan 14:13 ...
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Why do you have to create a directory before you can mount a share?

Why do you have to create a directory before you can mount a share to it? Eg: I've never understood why mkdir is needed here: mkdir /Volumes/foo mount -t afp afp://username:pass@pretendco.com/foo ...
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How do I activate launchd logging on OS X?

How do I activate launchd logging on OS X 10.6? I added a new daemon that is not starting properly (status is 1). I want to debug the problem but I was not able to find launchd logs, they are not in ...
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Imaging OS X installations

We have about 20 Macs in our shop, all of which have been setup and configured as they were purchased. We have a mix of computers and years (some Mac Minis, some iMacs, some MacBook Pros). They're not ...
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How to make a Macintosh register a Hostname to the DHCP Server?

I have a MacBook running Snow Leopard in our company's internal network, which is basically a Windows domain network. Our TO department complains about my MacBook not specifying a name to the DHCP ...
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SCP filename tab completion

I use SCP regularly to move files between servers and I've heard rumoured that you can use tab-completion on the remote server if you're using public keys, but so far I have had no luck. What I'm ...
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How do I setup sshd on Mac OS X to only allow key-based authentication?

I have a Mac OS X machine (Mac mini running 10.5) with Remote Login enabled. I want to open the sshd port to the Internet to be able to login remotely. For security reasons I want to disable remote ...
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Having Mac OS X on a XEN virtual machine

Is it possible to have Mac OS X guest on a XEN host? If yes, how? There are difference for Mac OS X Server? In particular I'm interested in the installation of a testing Mac OS X Server inside a ...
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Outlook 2011 client, Exchange 2010 server; letters missing in text of sent items

On a Mac client running Outlook 2011 connected to an Exchange 2010 server: all of a sudden, characters are getting dropped in outbound e-mail messages. The client machine has been rebooted and this is ...
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Defragmenters useful for *nix?

Having come from a windows enviroment, I was curious if defragmenters are useful in *nix. More specifically, OS X.
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OS X: What does the '@' attribute on a file mean?

On a Snow Leopard machine, at the Terminal: la ~/src/rmcl/ | grep RMCL -rw-r--r--@ 1 claytonstanley staff 6766167 Nov 13 2009 RMCL What is that '@' attribute? This file is part of an older OS ...
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Is there a way to get OSX to use more RAM and less swap?

The problem I'm having is on a server (and other OSX boxes as well) we have 4GB of RAM, but we are finding that OSX only uses 40-60% of the available RAM while also having a 6-7GB swap. The server is ...
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OSX - Full Disk Encryption [closed]

What options are available for OSX full disk encryption? Which of them is the best?
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What the heck is really going on in these Lion LDAP vulnerability reports?

Just read a Slashdot thread on LDAP brokenness on OSX. Can anyone explain exactly what is being secured by OpenLDAP and why anything other than data stored on a Lion machine might be at risk? A quote ...
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SSH passphrase remembered in MacOSX Snow Leopard

I am facing a very strange situation with Snow Leopard. I have a Linux server, configured to accept an ssh connection authenticated only through RSA key. No password. On my laptop I correctly deployed ...
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Fix for bash line-wrapping & backspace display bugs on Mac OS X?

When I open up Terminal (on Mac OS X 10.5.8) and type a long command line: ...the text doesn't go to the next line when it wraps around: Also, sometimes when I type a command and then backspace ...
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How to change Document Root for Apache2 in Mac OS X

I'm a newbie to Apache2 in Mac OS X ver 10.5. The default location of Document root as per httpd.conf is /Library/WebServer/Documents. I want this location to be /webcontent. So to do that, I created ...
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How to add a Mac to Windows Active Directory

I've gone into the Directory Utility on the mac, clicked on the services tab, entered the Active Directory Domain and Computer ID, clicked the Bind button and it showed a little status label which ...
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OS X WiFi settings via terminal?

I manage a large group of macs and they are all connected via ethernet. I would like to disable wifi on them and then require and administrator to change any wifi settings (pretty much what is shown ...
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Can I create my own S/MIME certificate for email encryption?

I'm having a bit of an issue here. Bear with me as this may be a case of "not asking the right question". Background: Using Apple Mail. Want to encrypt/decrypt email but GPGMail (and apparently ...
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OS X: Can't Resolve Windows Machine Names

I'm running a mixed environment at home and at work. My server machines are Win Vista, and I have a Unibody Macbook Pro running 10.5.7 On my mac, I can ping some home windows by name (If I use the ...
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Can a Mac with OS X 10.5 (Leopard) authenticate with a Windows 2008 domain?

I would like to have my MacBook Pro authenticate against Active Directory running on Windows 2008. A couple of years ago I tried to set this up between OS X 10.4 and Windows 2003 but I wasn't ...
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Migrating from Windows Domain (SBS) to Macs (workstations and servers)

So a couple of Mac consultants walked into one of my customers office and convinced the business owner that they could completely swap in Macs across the board for the entire office. Being a Mac ...
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Can someone tell me how to reliably backup over a network using TimeMachine, without a TimeCapsule?

I've got a huge server (running Ubuntu Linux) which has got a 2TB raid sitting there just begging for me to backup to it. I run netatalk to enable sharing via the AFP protocol to my Macs (all my ...
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What do the numbers in launchctl list's status column mean?

launchctl has a "Status" column in the launchctl list output. The manpage or any of the related launchd manpages do not mention this column or what it means.
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Mount an VHD on Mac OS X

Is it possible (how) to mount an VHD file created by Windows 7 in OS X? I found some information about how to do this on linux. There is a fuse fs "vdfuse" which uses virtualbox libs to mount ...
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Processes hanging indefinitely when reading from network connections

An update to the below: I have experienced a similar problem on an unrelated script, on a Debian virtual machine in a different datacentre. This looks suspiciously like the issue described here (and ...
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Accessing CIFS shares from an OS X machine incredibly slow

This is a longshot, because this issue seems over-reported and unanswered on the internet (see references below), but it is about time this issue is permanently solved. The facts: Server: Windows ...
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Is it possible to replace the Mac's Login Window?

I know that the login window on OS X can be customized -- you can change the background image, replace the Apple logo, add text and set the size, hide users, and set up login/logout hooks, and, ...
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How to restart Nginx on Mac OS X?

I just installed Nginx on Mac OS X (thanks http://www.kevinworthington.com/nginx-mac-os-snow-leopard-2-minutes/), but how do I restart Nginx on Mac OS X? Thanks!
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How can I find the path to an executable in OSX

Is there a command I can use to easily find the path to an executable? I'm looking for identify on my local machine - something like pwd? pwd identify => /usr/local/bin/identify
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How do I flush the DNS cache on Win, Mac, Linux computers?

How do I flush the DNS cache on Win, Mac, and Linux computers?
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How do I access a local web server on my laptop from another computer?

I have an app running on my computer at 127.0.0.1:3000 I would like to access that app from an iPhone connected to the same network. I have done this before but blanking out on how I did it. Any ...
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Printer Recommendation for Three Stooges Environment

I administer a 3 stooges environment. Linux server hardware, Windows Server VMs, Mac clients. My Mac clients RDC to a Windows 2008R2, each client has their own USB printer. The USB printer is ...
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macports vs fink [closed]

Which one is preferred? I am comfortable in Unix-esque environments and recently purchased a Macbook. I am currently using macports, as it is from Apple, but dont like how python 3.1 becomes ...
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Centralized virtualization (ESXi, XenServer) in a completely Windows-free environment

I'm looking into deploying a small (one or two host servers) non-production virtualization initiative for our company. We need it to be high performance and host shared resources for a number of ...
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how to silently install .dmg in MacOS?

I have a .dmg MacOS package (with 'continue' buttons, EULA etc) that i need to install on multiple computers. Is it a way to do so silently via a bash/python/ruby/etc script just like silent MSI ...
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Converting UTF-8 NFD filenames to UTF-8 NFC, in either rsync or afpd

I have a home file server running FreeNAS 8. A few days ago I used rsync to upload my entire iTunes library from Mac so that I could load my library over the network instead of off a slow USB drive. ...
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How can I retrieve the absolute filename in a shell script on Mac OS X?

I'd like to retrieve the absolute file name of the script file that's currently executed. Links should be resolved, too. On Linux, this seems to be done like this: $(readlink -mn "$0") but ...
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What needs to be done/added on Apple MacBook Air in order to join domain and be managed?

We are a fully windows active directory company. I now have a MacBook Air (first in company) - that needs to be connected. What are the things I need to install/set in order for me to be able to ...
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Centralised Authentication - Recommendations?

I have a challenge presented before me, and that is to centralise authentication. Period. That's because me and my big mouth said I like LDAP, and anything can authenticate against it. I have pretty ...
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SSH-forwarded X11 display from Linux to Mac lost after some time

I have a new and vexing problem with ssh forwarding my X11 connection when logging in from a Mac (10.7.2) to Linux (Ubuntu 8.04). I have no trouble using ssh -X to log in to the remote machine and ...
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How to protect an OS X Server from an unauthorized physical connection?

I have an OS X 10.6 server, which I administer via SSH and VNC (via SSH tunnel). I can't leave it at the login window since then VNC connections are refused. Therefore I currently leave it logged ...
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Best way of integrating Mac OS X clients with Active Directory

I have more than 50 Macs on the network and I think it's time to put some controls in place so I'm scouting for ways to integrate the Mac OS X clients into Active Directory. The primary objective is ...
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Running Mac OS X on Hyper-V

I have my workstation setup with a Windows Server 2008 running Hyper-V. Now I really want to install OS X for testing purposes. Have anyone had any success running Mac OS X in an Hyper-V environment? ...
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FreeBSD: periodic(8) is too noisy. How can I control the noise level?

FreeBSD & MacOSX ship with the the periodic(8) utility, which is a neatly organized set of utilities to periodically run system functions like ZFS filesystem checks, security checks, checking for ...
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mstsc /admin for Microsofts RDP for Mac OS X

How do I access the reserved admin session using Microsofts RDP client on my Mac? The equivalent to mstsc /admin on the Windows client.
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OS X server large scale storage and backup

I really hope this question doesn't come across as trolling or asking for buying advice. It's not intended. I've just started working for a small ad agency (40 employees). I actually quit being a ...